Popcorn at The Movies: too many calories, fat and salt

By Armen Hareyan on January 26, 2010 – 4:00pm for eMaxHealth
Food and Health

Eating popcorn at the movies is a classic, not perhaps not a very healthy eating practice, shows the analysis from the Canadian Center for Science in The Public Interest (CSPI). Have you ever wondered how much salt, calories and fat that bag of popcorn has? It’s just too much of all of it.

The big bags of popcorn sold in movie theaters in Canada contain up to 1,440 calories, more than half of what what we are supposed to swallow in one day. These numbers of calories may be similar with those in USA, as the bags and sizes are identical. The bags of popcorn also contain up to 44 grams of saturated fat. Health Canada recommends 20 grams of saturated fat consumption per day.

The salt is too much too. There are up to 1.5 grams of salt in big bags. This is roughly the equivalent of our daily needs.

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